An important reminder to all those people who want to “let them play.”
Up to 15% of college athletes experience heart inflammation after battling COVID-19, a study published Friday by JAMA Cardiology found. The unpublished results have been reported by sports media outlets for weeks.
In the analysis, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, revealed evidence of myocarditis in four of 26 football, soccer, lacrosse and basketball players as well as track and field athletes, the researchers said.
You won’t find 15% of college athletes who had the flu experiencing inflammation of the heart.
You won’t find 15% of college athletes who had a concussion experiencing inflammation of the heart.
You won’t find 15% of college athletes who had a broken bone experiencing inflammation of the heart.
I’m not advocating that college athletes stop doing what they love. I am asking that they (and all of us who call ourselves sports fans) reconsider how important their sports season is with a virus the medical community is still trying to understand.